Castle-Inspired Basement

With the help of designer Frank Fontana and the Design on a Dime team, an average basement becomes a royal retreat for a sick little boy and the whole family.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThere are lots of toys and open storage bursting the seams of this basement.
The Walsh family is a fun loving bunch that wants a space their family can enjoy together. Although their son Colin is a typical, active four year old, he suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Trisha and Chris Walsh would love to have a place for him to play when inclement weather keeps him indoors. With $4,000 and the help of volunteers, the Design on a Dime team creates a castle-inspired basement fit for royalty.

The kids have outgrown many of the toys and are ready to let them go. The homeowners would like the toys that remain to find a home in closed storage. The Walshes are ready to divvy up the space so that there's plenty of room for play, but also a nice place for the grownups to hang out and relax.

The Cost

Paint and supplies – $500

  • chalk board paint, $32 – The Home Depot
  • castle paint, $125 – Benjamin Moore

Castle – $540
  • plaster, $43 – The Home Depot

Soccer area – $200
  • synthetic grass, $66 – The Home Depot
  • electronic message board, $108 – Sky Mall

Throne – $150
  • headboard, $46 – Salvation Army
  • nightstand, $87 – Ikea

New furniture – $1,500
  • couch and loveseat, $970 – Value City

Storage benches – $535
  • shelves for storage bench, $192 – Ikea
  • bench fabric, $41 – Jo-Ann Stores

Photo display – $160
  • family photo display materials, $141 –The Home Depot

Media cabinet – $125
  • storage supplies, $125 – The Home Depot

Accessories – $285
  • accessories, $280 – Ikea
  • trunks, $196 – Target
  • curtains, $165 – Textile Discount Outlet

Total – $3,995